Patrick E. McBride, M.D., M.P.H.

Patrick McBride, M.D., M.P.H

Dr. McBride is a pioneer in the lipids field and co-authored the cholesterol recommendations and guidelines for children for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). He participated in the critique and editing process of The Adventures in Cholesterol.

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Professor of Medicine & Family Medicine
Emeritus Director, WiNHR and MARCH
Emeritus Director, UWSMPH Alumni Relations
Associate Director, Preventive Cardiology


Interviewed December 8, 2015

  1. Where is your office located? How would kids and their families find you?
    I work for the University of Wisconsin Hospital for Cardiology through the Preventative Cardiology Clinic in Madison, WI.
  2. Why did you choose Preventative Cardiology as your specialty?
    I see the whole age range. When I was training, I got involved with cholesterol research and was one of the first people to get involved in cholesterol management. I was asked to help write the guidelines for other physicians on how to manage cholesterol in clinical practice.
  3. How did you become interested in Lipids?
    In 1981, I was getting my masters degree in public health and a faculty member asked if I wanted to help with research. It wasn’t on people’s radar at that time, so I started working in the lipids field when it was just getting started.
  4. Lippy is really good at delivering cholesterol. What are you really good at?
    I enjoy teaching others about cholesterol.
  5. As a reviewer of The Adventures in Cholesterol, who is your favorite character on The Cholesterol Team?
    Huddle. Because Huddle cleans up the mess!
  6. What would you say to parents aren’t aware that their children’s cholesterol should be checked?
    It’s important to look for genetic problems or ones that run in families. If it turns out that your child has high cholesterol, talk with your child’s physician to find the right approach to lower it.

Clinical Bio

Dr. McBride co-directs a comprehensive clinical preventive cardiology program with more than 20 professional staff members. The program includes inpatient and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation, a busy preventive cardiology/cholesterol clinic (one of the first in the U.S.), a diabetes prevention program, and many other clinical initiatives for people at risk for cardiovascular disease. Working with the American Heart Association and the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. McBride was a leader in developing and implementing statewide teaching programs on cholesterol screening and management and smoking cessation for physicians, nurses, dietitians and physician’s assistants. Dr. McBride is the recipient of 11 local and national teaching awards, including a prestigious Distinguished Education Award from the University of Wisconsin.